Most working people have a commute of some sort every day. Unfortunately, one in six of us want to go straight back to bed according to research by Evian. A lot of this comes from our commute not being a pleasant one. Whether you are driving or taking public transport, there are things you can do to make your commute more comfortable.
For those who drive, you should be aware of the amount of time you spend in your car as well as how you are sitting in your car. Spending too much time in the car can put twice as much pressure on your spine as standing up. You can help this a little by using your car seat adjustments – head rests, lumbar support, seat angles and steering wheel height. You should be able to sit up straight with your back against the seat, not forward and slumped.
Now for the other commuters who you use public transport, there are a variety of situations you find yourself in as you travel by train, bus and tube. If you mainly stand on your commute, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. Whenever possible, it is best to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold onto a rail comfortably, not overstretching.
If you are fortunate enough to get a seat, relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades are touching the back rest of the chair. To avoid stiffness if it is a longer journey, do shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles.
For those who need to use a laptop, you will most likely be looking down at your screen with your head unsupported so you shouldn’t sit in the same position for long periods. It is best to rest the laptop on a table, not on your lap. Your arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. This will help keep you in the most beneficial posture position.
Of course, these tips won’t always guarantee your commute will be the best part of your day, but they can help your back which can help you physically feel better starting and ending your day.